In March, preschool children at the 10 Goddard School sites collected 1,250 new books for homeless children.
The Goddard School teaches children the importance of giving back to the community, and when the school found out about the nonprofit Bright Blessings in Matthews, it knew a partnership would be perfect.
Bright Blessings, founded by a Mint Hill family in 2005, helps celebrate, inspire and support homeless children. The two main programs are Bless-A-Birthday and Bless-A-Baby, which offer birthday parties and baby gift baskets for homeless children.
Bright Blessings also runs the Gift of Literacy program, which distributes new books in birthday baskets and offers quarterly book distributions at local shelters.
“When we talked to Bright Blessings, they said they had a great need for books, and since we focus on literacy, we fell in love with the idea of a book drive,” said Krysta Friedrich, owner of The Goddard School in Indian Trail.
The Goddard School children made more than 200 bookmarks, decorated wrapping paper and collected $1,165 in cash for Bright Blessings.
According to the Bright Blessings website, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools reported more than 4,900 homeless children enrolled in school as of 2012.
“We talked to the boys and girls about how these books were going to be given to children who don’t normally get birthday presents,” Friedrich said. “We had a book fair and the students were able to pick out what books they wanted to give. All the children Bright Blessings serves get birthday baskets on their birthdays that include toys, personal-care items and two new books.”
The books, money, wrapping paper and bookmarks were all delivered to Bright Blessings on March 16.
Bright Blessings founder Amy Cervantes said she was touched by The Goddard School children’s efforts and is thankful for the “caring hearts of the faculty, students and families.”
“It is always inspiring to see the impact that kids helping other kids can make,” Cervantes said.
Friedrich said The Goddard School hopes to continue the relationship with Bright Blessings, perhaps contributing items to the Bless-A-Baby program next time.
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